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Five Star Whale Watching

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645 Humboldt St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A6, Canada
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Established in 1985, Five Star Whale Watching is Victoria’s longest running and most respected Whale Watching company. We are a family business offering unparalleled service and location. Five Star Whale Watching has been a key player in establishing Victoria British Columbia as a world famous whale watching destination. Our high speed expedition catamarans are the perfect vessels for environmentally friendly and responsible whale watching without sacrificing comfort!With over 80 Resident Orcas (Salmon Eating Killer Whales) and numerous Transient Orcas (Marine Mammal eating Killer Whales), discover why Whale Watching in Victoria B.C is a must for any visitor. Our marine life also includes Humpback Whales, Migrating Gray Whales, Minke Whales, Porpoise, Seals, Sea Lions and numerous Marine Birds. We live in one of the best places in the world to enjoy whale watching – let our expert staff and crew educate and inspire you with the wonders of the Salish Sea!We take our marine environment seriously, and strive to implement the “Reduce, reuse, recycle” philosophy in all we do.
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645 Humboldt St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1A6, Canada
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Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

We left in the rain but fortunately after about 15 minutes were out in sunshine. They obviously know where to find the whales & we were fortunate enough to see several pods & take some great photos. The staff are very knowledgeable & informative which...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your recent experience with Five Star Whale Watching. We are happy you enjoyed your tour and got to see a lot of whales!

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Reviewed September 19, 2016

I have had the opportunity to join this tour many many times, because I work as a tourguide. Also this year I have been at sea about 8 tours and I have seen orca's on évery single tour! They really do their utmost best to...More

2  Thank NicolevdBroekEhoven
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2016

Dear Nicole, Thank you for taking the time to write such an amazing review! We always love having you on board as your enthusiasm is infectious :) Have a great winter and we look forward to you joining one of our tours again in the...More

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Reviewed September 17, 2016

Arrived very early for. Scheduled 10:00 am tour only to find that the tour had been cancelled and our names crossed out. Yikes. The woman manning their desk was so helpful. Got us scheduled on a tour with another company, walked us to that company,...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review. We are sorry to hear that your tour had been canceled without notice but glad to hear everything worked out in the end and we were able to get you out to see the...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2016

we set off from Victoria harbour, traveling for about 30 minutes out to sea. Then it all happened, pods every where. Such a wonderful sight seeing the water spout, then they emerge from the water; I did start to video them but gave up on...More

2  Thank Tonyn1953
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2016

Dear Tony, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your recent tour with Five Star Whale Watching. Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and wonderful review, it is really appreciated. Watching Whales in the wild is an incredible experience!

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Reviewed September 9, 2016

After reading the reviews of the other whale watching tour companies, I actually had a different one picked out. And as we walked around I could never find the one I had picked out, but talked with three other companies. As soon as we talked...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2016

Thank you for taking time to write such a wonderful review, we really appreciate such fantastic feedback!

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Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Good morning out, off the coast of Victoria, in a 40 people in a boat. Excellent sea Captain and the guides knew their stuff. It was cold but the boat had thermal coats you could borrow free of charge to keep warm. We sat on...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to provide such incredible feedback about your recent experience with Five Star Whale Watching, it is very much appreciated!

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Reviewed August 31, 2016

We vacationed in Victoria to celebrate my sister's birthday and one of the her "must do" activities was whale watching. Five Star was highly rated and as we learned these ratings are totally justified. The boat is the perfect size - not too small in...More

1  Thank Teresa H
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2016

Teresa H, Thank you for taking the time to pass on your experience. Your description of our vessel ("The boat is the perfect size - not too small in rough waters and not too huge with so many people trying to watch the whales... ")...More

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Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

The beautiful weather undoubtedly helped. Even without whales the beautiful blue sky and sea would have been stunning. However was additionally blessed with seeing and hearing a number if whales. Staff were very knowledgeable and I felt cared and respected the animals e were watching....More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review, it is very much appreciated. At Five Star we strive to provide respectful & responsible whale watching and as you noted, our staff really care about the wildlife!

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Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

An excellent experience, we saw killer whales, seals, sea otter, sea lions, how wonderful. We also saw dolphins. Please bring a warm jacket if you plan to be up on the deck. This was a fantastic trip.More

1  Thank 282Juliette282
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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2016

Thank you for your excellent review, feedback such as this is appreciated. We do recommend people wear warm comfortable layers but do have jackets people can borrow if they forget their own. It is always at least 10 degrees cooler on the water than on...More

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Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

This is a first class outfit. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, great boat, very reasonable price for the area. Boat allows comfortable inside seating out of the weather but also views from deck of boat. We saw a family of orcas and a brief glimpse of...More

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5StarVictoriaBC, Manager at Five Star Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2016

Thank you for such an incredible review your feedback is very much appreciated. Our staff pride themselves on providing accurate and interesting information to our passengers & getting all guests involved. We will make sure we pass on these kind comments to the staff!

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tchugh
July 21, 2015|
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC | Property representative |
Thank you for your question! Absolutely - our vessel is perfect for any age! We often have families with newborns and small children on board - our catamaran is a twin hull stable vessel with plenty of indoor (or outdoor... More
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LCWalker
July 3, 2015|
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC | Property representative |
Hi LCWalker and thank you for your question! You can absolutely change your itinerary - you just have to contact us directly if you would like to change the time or day (1800.634.9617). Please try to give at minimum 24 hours... More
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Melissa M
April 23, 2015|
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Response from 5StarVictoriaBC | Property representative |
Absolutely! It is a stable catamaran - if it is windy we will advise you. As long as you have no risk warning from your doctor you are more than welcome to join us! I hope this helps and Congratulations!!
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